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Apr 6th 2013 at 12:23:07 PM

I caught the trailer for The Purge on You Tube, and it sure has some spine-tingling moments to it!

Is it just me, or does it seem comparable to The Strangers?

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dRoy Ready to Rant from The Happy Place Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
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Apr 6th 2013 at 12:23:48 PM

It sure has a very terrifying premise.

Also, good God, that fucking moronic kid.

edited 6th Apr '13 12:25:59 PM by dRoy

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Apr 6th 2013 at 3:56:06 PM

terrifying

You have an odd way of spelling "retarded"... tongue

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Gaon Smoking Snake from Grim Up North Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
Apr 6th 2013 at 4:02:37 PM

I like the idea. It doesn't make much sense, but I think it is a interesting premise.

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kalel94 Rascal King from Dragonstone
Rascal King
Apr 6th 2013 at 4:03:01 PM

What a stupid-ass premise. I wonder if they even attempt to explain what could lead the government to make that decision.

On the other hand, Lena Headey.

The last hurrah? Nah, I'd do it again.
Apr 6th 2013 at 4:17:11 PM

The premise is just a suspension bridge for your disbelief to get your over to a simple house invasion movie. The real premise is "bunch of weirdos want to break into your house to kill somebody in there". But we don't want to have to stick people out in the woods for no reason, we don't want letting the person in to seem crazy, we don't want to have to cut away to some bumbling cops to explain why the police aren't showing up. The easiest way is just with a set up that clears those problems up. So don't worry about the set up to get you to the movie, just worry about whether you want to watch this house invasion movie.

I don't. Those masks look stupid.

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Gaon Smoking Snake from Grim Up North Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
Apr 6th 2013 at 4:17:21 PM

Well, yeah, it's stupid. But I like the idea of crime being legal (Kind of an oxymoron..) for one specific day. Something could be done with that concept.

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Apr 6th 2013 at 4:40:32 PM

I don't know, it feels like an awfully convoluted backstory for what seems to be a fairly basic Closed Circle-type Slasher Flick. By that nature it's unlikely to really explore the idea of "One day a year crime is legal" premise.

Gaon Smoking Snake from Grim Up North Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
Apr 6th 2013 at 8:16:49 PM

Well, yes, the premise is used to justify the schlocky home invasion plot, but that's not an excuse. If anything, the fact that its unbelievably stupid premise was written solely to set up a basic schlock plot makes it all the worse.

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Colonial1.1 Crazed Lawrencian from The Marvelous River City Relationship Status: In season
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Apr 6th 2013 at 9:29:18 PM

I argue that the potential massive vigilantism of nights like that would be more interesting than this closed circle.

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dRoy Ready to Rant from The Happy Place Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Ready to Rant
Apr 6th 2013 at 9:39:04 PM

Actually that sounds like it could be pretty big.

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Apr 7th 2013 at 7:21:07 AM

[up][up] Yep. Give people a night of no law, and you wouldn't have a night of random violence. You'd have a night of *targeted* violence.

You also would have everybody not actively out hunting somebody sitting back in the most fortified building they can get, with all the people they absolutely trust around them, *as heavily armed as possible*, ready to kill anyone who seemed like they were about to attack. None of this "if they break past the windows we are helpless" nonsense.

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Scardoll Burn
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Apr 7th 2013 at 9:52:54 AM

This is the second dumbest concept I've ever seen for a movie.

Clearly, letting all the murderers in the United States do what they like for one night will reduce crime. Clearly.

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dRoy Ready to Rant from The Happy Place Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Ready to Rant
Apr 7th 2013 at 10:20:59 AM

Now, Crime Warfare. That sounds awesome. Incomprehensibly dangerous, but awesome.

Mother of god...You turned one of the hardest and best Champions into an absolute joke. - Zelenal
Apr 7th 2013 at 10:59:27 AM

In reality, the vast majority of crime committed on such a day would be petty: drug use, street racing, vandalism, obscenity, etc.

dRoy Ready to Rant from The Happy Place Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Ready to Rant
Apr 7th 2013 at 11:00:18 AM

That sounds about right.

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Apr 7th 2013 at 8:27:48 PM

Nah, you'd get a lot of non-petty crime. It just wouldn't be *random* crime. It'd be targeted acts of revenge, or big crimes like bank robbery "saved up" by criminals rational enough to wait for the one day they are assured of no police.

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Colonial1.1 Crazed Lawrencian from The Marvelous River City Relationship Status: In season
Crazed Lawrencian
Apr 8th 2013 at 12:33:37 AM

And again, lots of vigilantism.

Proud member of the IAA What's the point of being grown up if you can't act childish?
Apr 8th 2013 at 4:52:51 AM

I have to say that one stranger the Sandin kid let in is a giant question mark. I can see the character going one of two ways:

  1. He is exactly what he seems, a guy who's being targeted by a lynch mob just For the Evulz.
  2. He is actually a member of the gang who they send to infiltrate any house and make it easy for them to launch a home invasion.

I've heard that some confidence games rely on exploiting a person's sense of politeness and decency to steal something from them. Maybe this is something like that taken up to murderous levels.

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Stick of the Fallen
Apr 8th 2013 at 6:08:30 PM

My brother told me about this film.

Do you think during the purge, movie theatres show child pornography?

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kalel94 Rascal King from Dragonstone
Rascal King
Apr 8th 2013 at 6:48:22 PM

[up] I don't see why not. In the trailer, they say everything that's usually illegal is free game.

I dunno why they would, though. The theater wouldn't really benefit from it.

edited 8th Apr '13 6:48:59 PM by kalel94

The last hurrah? Nah, I'd do it again.
CorrTerek The Permanently Confused from The Bland Line
The Permanently Confused
Apr 8th 2013 at 7:12:31 PM

Somehow I doubt they'd be able to make money.

Apr 8th 2013 at 7:16:34 PM

Engaging in that sort of things seems like the kind of thing that would ruin your business during the other 364 days of the year.

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Apr 9th 2013 at 1:47:38 PM

Yeah, the "crime one day a year" thing does come off as a bit ridiculous, although it does have some historical background in festivals like the Feast of Fools or the Roman Saturnalia. I don't think it would have far-reaching benefits, but most crimes are petty ones and a day when people can flaunt minor crimes could indeed create a pressure valve for society. My instinct would be that major things like going out and killing and raping would be partially prevented by the sheer number of people who'd gladly use deadly force to defend themselves plus all of the other predators out there. Seems like it would also lead to a lot of court cases coming down to someone trying to prove that their crime was committed on this day of mischief and therefore non-prosecutable.

And yeah, odds are good that the guy being saved is in on it. If nothing else, the trailer implies that the house was pretty well locked-up and yet windows are getting smashed left and right. Otherwise, the gangs would seem to be a stunning example of a Super-Persistent Predator in human form. Why assault a house that's practically a fortress when there are other people to torment?

Of course, another possibility is that the "gang" is not nearly as disorganized as they look, and are actually a government-sanctioned death squad out to silence this guy, possibly for revealing that the whole "crime for one day" thing just plain doesn't work.


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